The Atlas’ lions won for the second consecutive time, the African Nations Championship (Chan) last Sunday 7 February 2021.
At the 69th minute of the game. It is a corner kick for Morocco. Both Malians and Moroccans are overwhelming the goal side of Mali. The pressure of the match could be perceived through the deeds of players who are quarrelling themselves and committing several faults.
In such an atmosphere, the corner is kicked. Soufine Bouftini with his 1.91 meters goes forward and higher than all the other players. With a play from his head, he sent the ball inside the box.
Taking the lead, the lions through a corner kick again, scored their second goal by a head of their captain El Kabi. This was at less than 15 minutes to the end of game. At the last whistle, the kingdom grabbed the trophy.
The second time in its history after obtaining it during the last edition. That was in 2018 when the country hosted the competition. And like during this edition, the country made a highly appreciated participation. Playing in its country could have been an advantage.
All along the tournament except the final, the country did not get a real opposition. In most of the games, Morocco would score in the first 30th minutes. This was thanks to its triangular strategy.
This gave them the advantage of weakened their opponents as they would quickly get tire; Morocco knowing, it has speedy players like the striker Rahini who even came best scorer of the tournament with five goals.
Such a performance from the Atlas lions results from a good preparation. This preparation does not have to do with rehearsals only. The competition puts forward the level of the different African countries local championship. That of Morocco is presented to be one of the best in terms of organization.
This can be confirmed during African clubs’ tournament as the country’s clubs likely Wydad Cassablanca or Raja Cassablanca reach most often the highest level of the competition. This shows the level of the championship, its competitive and that of its stakeholders.
Reason why in the team present in Cameroon, the players came from seven clubs of the Botola that is Morocco championship. Like in a competition as in live so you make your bed, so you must lie in it.